The Ivy St John's Wood

4.1
2618 reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British
The Ivy Café presents a relaxed yet stylish dining experience offering an accessible all-day menu in a friendly, neighbourly environment.
What 2618 People Are Saying
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3.9
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4.2
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3.8
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AlistairT
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Service was a bit slow.
Food good but massively overpriced.

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MahtabH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Staff are quite slow. Chatting with each other front of the door.

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pauls
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tasting food and professional staff. Enjoyable night out

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MerleG
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious mid-week dinner! Easy booking site, staff attentive, food really delicious!

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DianeB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Service was. Very poor! We ordered a side of zucchini but that was not served with the main course but, after repeatedly asking for it, it came about 10 minutes later.
The cauliflower soup was thin and lacking in taste! I would unlikely come back again !

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Stella
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We ordered olives&courgetti to go with our champagne. They came with our starters for which we had a long wait. My smoked salmon was not up to your usual standard. Main courses took far too long and sea bass disappointing. We would like to have had desserts and coffee but service so slow we asked for the bill. It took more than half an hour to come after asking twice. apology was that the person we had asked eason his break. We usually love the Ivy and were really disappointed this time.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

great food great people

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SantuzaB
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok, but they gave us a table in front of the working station of the waiters and servers assistants and that was very frustrating because of the level of noise.

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FoodLover
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Disappointed by the quality of food. We had steak (asked for medium), arrived completely grey inside. Chips looked like precooked and unappetising, beans nearly raw, hard and chewy. Small starters were the best part of the meal (zucchini fritters & arancini). Dessert, sticky toffee pudding, was ok but a bit dry inside and was served with very small scoop of cream.

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JerryL
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall1food1service2ambience4

After being to this restaurant many times will not go back. The food was bad and cold they didn’t even make an attempt to try an apologise for the food. Will never go back to St. John’s Wood branch. Was not cheap just wanted to leave. Will not go back !!

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DorisH
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The ambiance was average but that is not surprising as it was a weekday lunch.

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RezaA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The kitchen service was too poor. The bread & butter came after our starter against our request to get it with our wine. The main course came with a signifacantly long delay after starter. Our lovely waiter was regularly checking on us but could not help. The restaurant was almost empty with only 5 tables dinning. The venison special didn't taste fresh. The wines are ridiculously pricy while are not of good quality at all. The toffee came with our Sticky Toffee Pudding was cold and hardened immediately, we were so upset we did not bother to ask!!? We had booked at Marylebone branch but living in St John's Wood I changed our booking to this that backfired on me by family!! This branch always disappoint as you never see a manager or supervisor there!!??

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual

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ScandiPannie
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall4food5service1ambience4

As usual, the food was very good indeed, and I love the decor of this branch of The Ivy with its nod to London Zoo - great!
The service, however, was poor on this occasion. My friend and I both felt that we had to wait too long to be served - we had to try and get the waiter's attention, and when we did, he told us rather abruptly that he was busy and we'd have to wait. This happened again when we wanted to order pudding. His manner of responding to us made us feel as though we were an irritation. Even when a place is busy, there are more polite ways of informing customers that they'll have to wait.
Finally, we had to wait nearly 15 minutes for our bill as their IT system crashed - consequently we were about 2 minutes away from being liable for a parking ticket.
I haven't been since pre-pandemic times so perhaps this was simply a bad day for them.

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Dineout866
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Met a friend for lunch. Service was friendly fly and helpful. The food as always was very good.

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OmarS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An oasis of quality, professionalism and enjoyment!

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MOC27
London
12 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very enjoyable evening, food hit the spot. Service a little slow but courteous at all times. Not everyone wearing masks which made me a little wary but got used to it.

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AlexanderQ
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Self conscious but attractive neighbourhood bistro chain, catering to the locally undemanding, mediocre food but great service.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Brunch: Beautiful restaurant. But somewhat unhelpful staff (asked for an additional person to join in day. Was told “no room”, but place was only half full! No idea why an extra person wasn’t welcome. Food was cold - and not delicious. Pancakes were more like cake than American pancakes - stacked with cream between. Kind of gross. Benedict wasn’t delicious, too much vinegar in something. Just not up to a £££ rated restaurant.

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dinesoutalot
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Overall pleasant but service somewhat chaotic.
Items forgotten
Long delay for bread
Food brought before previous course cleared

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Katharina
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Beautiful ambience, deco, tables. They have all the right ingredients to make for a great restaurant experience except for the food that comes out of the kitchen. We ordered £34 steak which wasn’t a great quality cut. My cod on a banana leaf was over cooked (rubbery). We asked for ketchup for our chips which they didn’t bring. The waitress spoke hardly any English and didn’t even asked whether we enjoyed the food. We had no alcohol/ drinks, only one main course each and paid £70. We can get the same food in our local pub for half the price.

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AmandaK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Last time we visited the Ivy, a few weeks ago, we weren't given the vegetarian and vegan menu, which we were given this time and discovered dishes we could have that aren't on the regular menu. (We are gluten- and dairy-intolerant but eat fish.) The choices were fewer for some of our party who are totally vegan but everything was delicious. The staff were helpful without being over-assiduous and the atmosphere was lively and buzzing; a lovely evening. Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for.

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JillH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favourite branch of The Ivy and ny fave restaurant in NW London.

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vipnono
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice place to have lunch with a friend. Great decoration.
Langoustines pasta were good. Sticky toffee pudding would require more caramel sauce but overall good.

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kiran
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The service was terrible . The 2 male waiters were auguring in the dinning area at the counter . They were not helpful with the food questions . The female waitress was lovely .

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ChrisN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The starters of truffle arancini and olives were fine but the marie sauce that accompanied the Lobster and Prawn cocktail was thin with no real taste the chef should look at Marco Pierre White recipe for Marie Rose sauce! The lemon sole was overcooked and the size of my hand for £24 ! My dining companions Fish and Chips was all batter with not very nice fish, and the chip were dire and dry I normally like dining at the Ivy but not this time Whether its because of covid causing staffing problems but for now Avoid!

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Okelli
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great quite atmosphere for a nice dinner, more families than expected though

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WesleyL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely ambience, prompt polite service, delicious food, decent value for money. Would prefer cool jazz as background music however.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience5

good experience and great food

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LBL13
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Table booked in advance and was given a terrible table outside with no heating and on a slope far away from other diners and not under the canopy, just plonked on the end. Absolutely no forward thinking made. Service was incredibly slow. Ordered champagne and not given a bucket so it got warm. Had to cancel drinks towards the end of the meal as they took so long to arrive to the table. Food lacked flavour. Took nearly 30 minutes to take our order and waited the same time for the starters, then the mains turned up literally as we had just finished the starters than huge delay in dessert. Ordered 2 hot chocolates that came 20 minutes apart from each other and the other 2 drinks for the rest of the table didn’t even arrive. A costly dinner with a very poor experience.

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RobertF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Really nothing special. Food average. Service okay.

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vipKajal
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food is creative and tasty in particular the starters

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MichelleB
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely evening as always in beautiful surroundings

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AnnetteW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Our server was super good and friendly.
Restaurant as always is very comfortable and user friendly .

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Alice
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We went for New Year’s Eve and we’re not really happy about our food or service. Giving that Covid is rampant right now I’m giving leeway Incase the poor service and food was due to not enough staff. Twice our waiter forgot to put in items to order and never came around to ask me if I wanted another drink, which I did. I ordered sirloin steak medium and it came well done. They remade it and it was barely above well done, no pink. My husband had salmon and it was also over cooked. Not exactly the NYE meal we hoped to have and it cost us £179!

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PriyaS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please let dogs come into main area if it’s past meal times and they are well behaved. A customer had to tie his dog at the door and it was quite late in the evening. But great food.

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GeorgeP
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ivy - food and atmosphere very good. Look forward to visiting again.

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HelenL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We arrived early for our table and that was not a problem.
The food was lovely, hot and tasty.
I thought the service was very patchy. Had to ask twice for ice and lemon which should have been offered with our bottle of sparkling water. Had to ask twice for our bill. It’s small things like that that annoy .

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ivy never fails to deliver. Good food , good service , good value for money.

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Sammy
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Good food but very poor (no) service. Everything had to be chased/reordered several times.

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The Ivy St John's Wood is rated 4.1 stars by 2618 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.